Bill to Repeal So-called DOMA Coming Next Week

Advocate.com
September 9, 2009
Democratic representative Jerrold Nadler of New York will be introducing legislation to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act next Tuesday. A Democratic aide confirmed that a press conference to announce the bill will be held September 15 at 11 a.m. at the House Triangle. The source said the bill currently has just over 50 cosponsors, but Congressman Nadler’s office has not yet officially circulated a letter to his fellow House members. [link]

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Geoffrey R. Stone: Kennedy/Obama - Does The Dream Live On?

The Huffington Post
August 30, 2009
There is much talk now about carrying out the legacy of Ted Kennedy in championing civil rights - including LGBT causes. President Obama is well positioned to fulfill Kennedy's dream of equal rights regardless of sexual orientation, and now is the time - even with all the other problems the president is facing - to do it. [Link]

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OP-ED: DOMA Do-Over - The Justice Department Gets It Right This Time

The Washington Post
August 31, 2009
The Justice Department's new brief in the recently dismissed Arthur Smelt and Christopher Hammer v. U.S. case fulfills its duty to "defend a federal law with which it doesn't agree [DOMA] without dabbling in noxious, outdated and irrelevant arguments." [Link]

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The National Organization for Marriage to Fight Marriage Efforts in D.C.

The Washington Blade
August 21, 2009
NOM plans to use its projected $6 million 2009 budget to help ban marriage equality in the District of Columbia and prevent a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Groups such as the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry argue that no valid research data can be found to back up NOM’s claims that marriage equality has or will in the future harm families or the institution of marriage. [Link]

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Video: Mixed Messages from Obama Administration on DOMA

CNN - Lou Dobbs Tonight
August 20, 2009
Maggie Gallagher, of the National Organization for Marriage, and Professor Tobias Wolff, of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, debate the position of the Obama administration on the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. [Link]

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Still Waiting

The Economist
August 20, 2009
The Economist examines what some see as a discrepancy between the Justice Department's continued legal defense of the federal DOMA and its assertion that the Obama administration views the law as discriminatory. [Link]

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Time Magazine: Obama, the Marriage Equality Flip-Flopper

Time Magazine
August 19, 2009
John Cloud concurs with criticism of the Obama administration by many members of the LGBT community who feel the president's stance and action thus far on LGBT issues seem muddled and/or evasive. [Link]

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LGBT Leaders: Department of Justice Statement an Improvement

Bay Area Reporter
August 20, 2009
LGBT legal activists have applauded the DOJ's statement on Monday that the Obama administration does not support DOMA, even though they are disappointed the DOJ still suggests that DOMA is constitutional. "I hope we'll also see the White House work with leaders in Congress to repeal DOMA as soon as possible," said Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry, "but this brief is definitely a vast improvement over the last one." [Link]

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Evan Wolfson: Bill Clinton can be a Very Important Voice in Explaining Why He Changed His Mind

Bay Area Reporter
August 20, 2009
Bill Clinton's remarks on DADT and DOMA in Pittsburgh last week have drawn criticism from several LGBT leaders. Evan Wolfson, however, points out that "We don't need to look backward... it would be better if he talked about why he's moved ahead." [Link]

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New DOMA Brief More LGBT-Friendly

The Advocate
August 17, 2009
The second Department of Justice brief filed yesterday in response to the Smelt v. United States lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act was not only much more palatable, but also made some historic concessions. The brief clearly states the president's position regarding DOMA: "With respect to the merits, this Administration does not support DOMA as a matter of policy, believes that it is discriminatory, and supports its repeal." [Link]

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